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Are enemy weapons and armour up for grabs as loot?

I am running the Starter Set Adventure (Lost Mine of Phelvander), and the majority of enemies have weapons and armour. For example every goblin has a scimitar, a shortbow, and leather armour. When ...
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Combat Gear versus Other Gear versus Treasure

I am having trouble understanding what treasure my players should get when they kill a creature. The stat blocks list "combat gear" and "other gear," and sometimes a published adventure will have a ...
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Dimensional step and AoO

Does a dimensional step provoke any attack of opportunity? From the rules: Dimensional Steps (Sp) At 8th level, you can use this ability to teleport up to 30 feet per wizard level per day ...
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Can an opponent allow you to move through his square?

Can you move through squares occupied by an opponent if he allows you? The rules only says: Moving Through a Square You can move through an unoccupied square without difficulty in most ...
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Death Rage whilst recovering?

If a werewolf gets knocked out, say, over 4-5 dots in a hit. Do they immediately roll for death rage when they heal enough? Presume this question where you are already in Gauru form, which means you ...
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Would a place of business be gifted along with the territory it's in?

So early in my chronicle I mentioned that a certain local bar (which is a 90% outside bar and very dog friendly) is a werewolf hangout. When the group decided they were going to all play werewolf ...
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Does roleplaying inherently put you at a disadvantage?

My friend is going to be DMing DnD 3.5 with me and 4 other new players. I want to be the best player I can be. One thing I have always struggled with is roleplaying. I am an analytical, competitive ...
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Go Coup de Grace your self

I was reading into Magic Jar. It is used to takeover someone's body and you can have all the fun you whant with that body, you have total control. If the host body is slain, you return to the ...
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Can you Accept Affliction something you are immune to

The spell Accept Affliction lets you transfer a harmful effect to yourself. If you are immune to the effect, what happens? The specific example I see coming up soon in our campaign is if a cleric is ...
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Armored Glass vs. Ballistic Glass

I'm confused about the difference between the two. How is armored glass different? It certainly has a higher structure and armor rating than ballistic glass. When would my players tend to encounter ...
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Is this the way that “Control Weather” is supposed to function?

In our last session, after a nasty battle at sea (A dragon pride pirate ship magically enhanced by 5 dragons), we were stranded on a large ship with broken masts and our ship listing heavily to one ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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Are there any systems similar to Pathfinder's Kingmaker that are more complex and realistic?

I'm looking for systems similar to Kingmaker (where the PCs rule and expand a kingdom), except I want it to be much more realistic and complex. A few examples of what I mean: Instead of 'Building ...
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RPG sytem which is based on character's character not stats

I read a review of a system to do with the walking dead, last week or so, but I have lost the reference to it. It was a system which rather than using strength, dexterity etc. used motivations and ...
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Edition transitions in the Forgotten Realms

I know that the Spellplague was the Forgotten Realms transition from D&D 3.5e to D&D 4e, and the Sundering was the transition from D&D 4e to D&D 5e, so - What major events in the ...
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Can a Paladin use Smite Evil on a touch attack to Lay on Hands on an undead creature?

Can a paladin use Smite Evil to gain pluses to attack and damage when the attack is a touch attack against an undead creature for the purpose of damaging the creature using the Lay on Hands ability? ...
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How to get the PHB before release?

Several questions on this site are referencing and quoting the PHB, yet as far as I can tell, the book will not be released until the 19th as stated on the Wizards website. How do you (legally) get ...
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How many spells does a swordmage get as they level up?

My friend is starting D&D and his first character is going to be a swordmage. How many spells do they get at level one and how many do they get per level up?
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Free RPGs that work well on forums [closed]

I am looking to play an RPG in my forum with some friends of mine. The forum is mine, and I came up with the idea of playing an RPG. I want it to follow the following conditions so that it works on my ...
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Which Golarion deities would support and encourage a Witch-Hunter Inquisitor among their faithful?

I'm putting together a Witch Hunter Inquisitor with the Black Powder Inquisition for an Adventure Path campaign, but I'm not quite sure which gods would be particularly interested in counting a ...
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What creatures/templates have Powerful Build?

I'm particularly interested in templates, but in general can anyone tell me what playable races and usable templates would grant Powerful Build to a creature? I only know of like, one. The ...
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What book can I read to familiarize myself with D&D 5e's world and lore?

I've never played any table top D&D before. I am going to start playing the 5e edition with a group I've never played with before. After reading the basic rules I want to become more familiar ...
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Do Repair spells work on constructs that can have negative HP?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. The Inorganic Functioning extraordinary ability says "if the creature reaches 0 HP or below, the automaton will case [sic] ...
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Do subrace benefits add to or replace base race benefits?

If I pick wood elf as my race do I also get the other benefits from just the elf race? Like the wood elf gets +1 wisdom but does that mean I also mean I get the +2 dex from the non subrace elf?
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Can player characters identify monsters?

In D&D 5e, I can't find a skill check for identifying monsters. (Other than Arcana for planar monsters). Can PCs identify monsters, and if so, what skill should they use? (Or is it just a Wis/Int ...
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Sorcerer Wild Surge result quandries

I've got a couple of questions about some of the results in the wild surge table for the sorcerer. First of all, the magic missile result. On a roll of 09-10 "You cast magic missile as a 5th-level ...
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Forced usage of “at-will” Basic Attacks

I am playing a Warlock with the Eldritch Strike power, which has the following piece of text: This power counts as a melee basic attack. This means that I have two MBAs, my normal strength-scaling ...
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Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer: Elemental Affinity Optimization

PHB Page 102, Sorcerer, Sorcerous Origins, Draconic Bloodline, Elemental Affinity: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ...
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Not being able to get a feeling for Shadowrun setting

I am having trouble getting into the Shadowrun setting; whenever I try to come up with character ideas or feel into characters there.... my mind goes blank (regardless if I'm a player or a GM). ...
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Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters

The following question is for DND 3.5 -- The links however are SRD rules links IF that matters somehow. Shadows deal 1D6 strength damage with their incorporeal melee touch attacks. If a shadow were ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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Does a character with 10 Constitution only need to eat every 4 days?

According to the food rules, A character can go without food for a number of days equal to 3 + his or her Constitution modifier (minimum 1). At the end of each day beyond that limit, a ...
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How does Dominated work? Can it really make me attack allies or walk off a cliff?

In one of the games I was in a creature was able to Dominate my friend and he was getting angry that the DM forced his character to attack a NPC character that was nocked prone that we where trying to ...
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Multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer: How do spell slots recover?

If you multiclass a Warlock and a Sorcerer, then you have a character with both the Spellcasting and Pact Magic features. PHB Page 101, Sorcerer, Spellcasting, Spell Slots: You regain all ...
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Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?

So one of my player is a clever guy. At night when the others are putting the camp together he digs a hole big enough for himself (between 3-4 feet deep) and ask someone to cover his body with dirt ...
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Tutorials and advice regarding RPG layout design

I sometimes see great variations of layout/design quality between different RPGs. For example, Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5, or the recent OVA have great layouts and designs. Some others ... less ...
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Optimizing the single target blast

The monster is coming. You hear it pounding on the door outside, and you have perhaps a moment before it breaks through, and you need to put it down hard and fast. Fortunately, you're a spellcaster. ...
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When leveling - Is the hit die only added to the maximum?

Can anyone give their thoughts on how hit dice are added when leveling takes place? Hit Points are pretty straight forward in that the new hit points that are gained through a level advancement are ...
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First-worlder Summons and Eidolon

On Archives of Nethys the First Worlder Summoner summon replacement ability is defined as: Summon Nature’s Ally (Sp): Starting at 1st level, a first worlder can cast summon nature’s ally a ...
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Wild Magic Sorcerer

The player's handbook came out, and a friend and I were looking at the various classes. We noticed the sorcerer made a comeback and comes in two flavors. A Dragon Magic Sorcerer and then a Wild Magic ...
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Which sourcebooks include tattoos (both magical and nonmagical)?

As they are not in the core books I wonder in which books are the definitions for nonmagical and also magical tattoos?
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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What are the rules on capturing a monster and using it as a mount? [duplicate]

Today someone in my group wanted to tame an elite monster, the Owlbear. He wanted to use it as a mount which he rides around and uses in combat. What are the rules for capturing and taming hostile ...
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1answer
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Where is the “Tyranny of Dragons online appendix”?

The D&D 5e adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen states that it requires the "Tyranny of Dragons appendix online" which contains some of the monster stats. However I can't seem to find this on the ...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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Can a duskblade's Arcane Channeling affect a target more than once per round?

The question is pretty simple actually, though I have trouble deciphering the features of the Duskblade class from PHB2. The arcane channeling of level 3 allows you to use a standard action in order ...
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How do common townspeople identify and react to unusual creatures?

It is clear that most people in Golarion can identify an elf or a dwarf on sight, but what about more unusual creatures such as a drow or succubus? Do normal townspeople identify them on sight? If ...
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Elemental Touch Questions

I have 2 question about the spell Elemental Touch. I'm running a suli magus that specializes in electricity so the spells seems appealing to me, but I need to figure out some things first. The first ...
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Do drow elf wizards need to sleep

I know Drows as a race do not need to sleep but have to do a 4 hour trance to stay rested but is that enough for a drow wizard to memorize their spells or do they still need to sleep for 8 hours?
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Interaction Taint and Pestilence Domain

So my Cleric has been tainted and has now 2 points of taint. Looking up the rules I discovered taint can be partially removed by the spell remove disease. So I guess taint is considered some kind of ...

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